© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Chapman, published by John Wilkes Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 13 December 1798
6 3/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (163 mm x 113 mm) plate size; 11 1/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (284 mm x 225 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.
- John Chapman (active 1792-1823), Engraver. Artist associated with 52 portraits.
- John Wilkes (1750-1810), Publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
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